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SHATTERING THE DARKNESS In the poem As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes a young man is thinking about his goals and that he cannot achieve them because of racial prejudice The theme of the poem is that prejudice is used to keep people from accomplishing their dreams Hughes expresses this idea by using imagery anaphora and a symbol Imagery helps Hughes to show how prejudice is used to keep people from accomplishing their goals In the beginning of the poem Hughes talks about a dream he has had and says In front of Me Bright like the sun My dream The sun represents his dream The image of the bright sun suggests how important and big his dream is In the middle of the poem as he grows older he talks about a wall saying And then the wall roseDimming Hiding The light of my dream The image of the wall represents the prejudice coming Between Him and His dream At the end of the poem the point of view changes from first person to second person because the poet is asking for help to break the wall He wants To break this shadowInto a thousand lights of sun Into a thousand whirling dreamsOf sun This image shows how he needs to help overcome the wall in order to reach his goal Hughes uses anaphora to show that prejudice is used to keep people from accomplishing their dreams In the beginning of the poem Hughes talks about the obstacle between him and his dream as he says And then the wall rose Rose slowly Slowly This repetition of the word slowly shows that when he was young he did not notice this wall was rising but now as he is older he notices that the wall has grown over time Now there is this great wall there and he realizes the difficulty of overcoming it Throughout the poem Hughes says My dream
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